Brilliant post from Dan. Well done and thank you. I'd agree with not swapping kit to look for improved scores. Get your kit decent ... get it fitting you ... stick with it. Practice has to be about knowing your game. What are you good at? What are you weak at? Practice a very short period at what you are good at but spend most time working on improving what you are weak at. That's the key ... working at improving. So ... not just practising being weak at something and getting more frustrated at it. So look at better shooters ... what do they do differently? Ask them to take a quick look at you ... what are you doing differently? You can do loads of practice without any pellets. A lot of people will have issues with trigger control and release and follow through. Get in your position and go through breathing exercises. Try and hold your cross hair on the aim point. This can be a dot on a piece of paper in your garden. The gun need not be even cocked. Then practice squeezing back your trigger. Note what is happening with the cross. Is is moving as you squeeze the trigger? Squeeze the trigger back through to the first stage and then squeeze through the release point and follow through ( in line with how ever you do your breathing ). What's happening with that cross? Is it staying solid on aimpoint? Is it moving? If it's moving then try and find out why. Try noting if your finger is pulling the trigger straight back or is it being pulled slightly to the side? Try experimenting with different finger/hand positions until you are completing the trigger release and follow through and the cross is staying on aimpoint. If the cross is moving even before you move your trigger finger then try and find out why. Try experimenting with your position. Again ... look at better shooters. Ask them to take a look at you. Read up on the net on basic positions. Remember ... you must have your body and rifle in a position so the cross hair sits naturally on aimpoint for that position. If you were to relax your body and just breathe then the cross hairs should naturally sit on aimpoint. If they do then your body and rifle are in the right position. DO NOT try and adjust the rifle onto aimpoint and leave the body where it is. You MUST move the body so that the rifle is naturally on aimpoint. So adjust the body ... not the rifle. You can do that for all three positions ... prone, kneel, stand ... and all variations that you may find on a course. So prone on floor and up peg etc. You can do all that at home without any pellets. When you are on the range and shooting pellets I would make sure you start at distances that you are capable of noticing any improvements. So don't just shoot at 45 yards if your present level means you aren't cloverleafing at that range. It's pointless and confusing and frustrating. So start at whatever range ... say 30 yards. Work on technique at that range until you are cloverleafing at that range. Then move the range out slightly. If possible it may be best to try and do some basic technique training indoors with no wind. That way you know misses are to do with technique and not wind estimation error. Once you are happy with basic technique then please do practice in wind ... and wind at all angles. Just enjoy. If you start to feel frustrated or tense around the shoulders and head then stop. Take a break. Put the rifle down. Go and chat nonsense to a friend if they are there ... or even better ... just wander around the wood and see all the nature going on around you. You are just there enjoying yourself with your air rifle. It's not a race. It doesn't matter if your scores take 6 months to improve or 3 years. It doesn't really matter if they improve or not. The main thing is you are relaxing and enjoying yourself. Do not ask or expect that you be any better than you actually are at that moment. Let progress come at it's own pace. It will come. Good luck.